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BB MA­NIA

Barely a year on our shelves and it seems women are bonkers for blem­ish balm, or BB, creams! The US con­sumer re­search an­a­lyst NPD Group has re­ported that eight out of 10 beauty shop­pers like prod­ucts that of­fer mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits, and that rises to just over nine in 10 among BB cream buy­ers. The top five ben­e­fits peo­ple ex­pect from a BB cream are: nat­u­ral­look­ing cov­er­age (52%), mois­turises/ hy­drates skin (47%), nour­ishes or treats skin (42%), pro­vides SPF sun­screen pro­tec­tion (42%), and im­proves skin tex­ture (38%). Of the women sur­veyed, 77% said they would pur­chase a BB cream again. Based on this first year’s suc­cess, it seems BB creams are here to stay. Ex­pect more to ap­pear on beauty coun­ters soon!

IT-NAILS

You’ve heard of It-bags. Now there are It-nails! The hippest nail wraps tour­ing the planet at present are called Lake Placid, named af­ter the home­town of soul­ful singer Lana Del Rey, and they can be ac­ces­sorised with a de­signer bag de­vised with the star in mind! Here’s the back­ground story: Mul­berry cre­ated a bag for Lana Del Rey tipped to out­sell the Alexa, cre­ated for Alexa Chung. To cel­e­brate, they asked nail tech­ni­cian to the stars Zoe Po­cock to de­sign a nail wrap. Zoe, Mike Po­cock and Ci­até boss Char­lotte Knight own the com­pany Nail Rock and it was Mike who did Adele’s amaz­ing Louboutin Man­i­cure on Gram­mies night. The hip brand is in a league of its own for nail, eye and lip wraps, and they cater to all the A-lis­ters. The Lake Placid wraps are on tour now as the hand­bag visits Mul­berry coun­ters from NYC to Korea, and the Nail Rock guys are think­ing of adding the de­sign to their per­ma­nent line. To see more of what they do, check out nail­rock.com or asos.com.

THE ÉCLAT TOUCH

Ev­ery 10 sec­onds, some­one buys a Touche Éclat high­lighter pen (€35.50). The YSL beauty icon is 20 years old this year and it re­mains the No. 1 lux­ury beauty Item in Ire­land to­day. To mark this milestone, YSL has ex­panded the colour range to 10 skin tones. And now there is a new foun­da­tion to team with the lu­mi­nos­ity and feather-light fin­ish of Touche Éclat: Le Teint, €38, in an im­pres­sive 22 shades. The foun­da­tion glides on and gives the skin just the right amount of dewy cov­er­age! SHI­SEIDO ZEN FOR MEN EAU DE TOI­LETTE €48.50, coun­ters na­tion­wide This is a great gift set for men every­where. For one thing, the scent is clas­sic and pop­u­lar, so chances are, if you’re buy­ing it for the spe­cial man in your life, he’ll love it. It comes as one lit­tle con­tainer with three re­fills, so it can be popped into the car or a pocket. A smart idea for men who travel a lot — let’s not for­get those liq­uid al­lowances when fly­ing. VERA WANG FOR MEN SET €55.91, per­fume coun­ters na­tion­wide Vera Wang for Men is a proper old-school male scent. The fra­grance opens on green notes of man­darin leaf, mak­ing way for nut­meg and a sug­ges­tion of leather be­fore it set­tles on san­dal­wood and tobacco. This set comes with a body wash and af­ter­shave balm – per­fect for big, strong men. DAVID BECK­HAM IN­STINCT SPORT €19.99 (in­tro­duc­tory price), avail­able na­tion­wide This is an in­ter­est­ing new fra­grance from Becks. It opens with notes of man­darin and ginger ale, which makes the ef­fect fruity, but not too sweet, and at its base it has cash­mere, san­dal­wood and patchouli — all sexy notes for an ap­pro­pri­ately mas­cu­line scent. For sporty men, it’s prob­a­bly the per­fect fra­grance.

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